Committee OK’s Fee Hike At Oswego Wastewater Plants

OSWEGO, NY – Aldermen made quick work of two abbreviated council committees Monday night.

At its meeting, the Administrative Services Committee approved a fee hike at the wastewater treatment plants.

Tony Leotta, city engineer, requested that the tipping fee for delivery and processing of leachate at both treatment plants be increased from 10 cents to 12 cents per gallon.

“The operating cost of the wastewater treatment plants and sewer collection system continues to increase,” he said. “This will help offset those costs.”

The wastewater superintendent and assistant superintendent both recommend the fee be increased, he noted.

“We recommend that this fee apply to all leachate wastewater deliveries and sewer leachate discharges to the plants, from private companies as well as Oswego County,” Leotta added.

The last time the city increased the tipping fee was (from 8 cents to 10 cents) was in 2008.

Gay Williams, city attorney, requested authorization for the mayor to sign a renewed agreement with Robert T. Culeton, the city’s plumbing inspector, for a three-year term.

He has been the plumbing inspector for the city for several years, she said.

“He is a very professional person,” added Councilor Mike Myers.

His current contract expires on Jan. 14.

The deal would be the same terms and same cost ($15,000 per year) as the current pact, Williams told the councilors.

Culeton’s job is to make sure everything is up to code, according to Mayor Randy Bateman.

The committee sent the request to the full council for consideration.

At its meeting, the Physical Services Committee gave a favorable recommendation to a local doctor’s request to use public space.

James Boles, MD, the owner of a professional office/residence building at 154 W. Seventh St. would like off-street parking for six vehicles.

They would use the existing blacktop located at the north side of West Oneida Street.

The doctor is looking to sell the property and the potential owner wants to know if there is any problem using the blacktop for parking purposes, explained Leotta.

Leotta researched the matter and could find no records of the site being used for parking.

When the doctor opened the office in the mid-1980s, he was granted a (zoning) special permit.

However, the city clerk couldn’t locate any council resolution granting use of public space for the portion of the property that extends into public space, the city engineer said.

“So, rather than continue an exhaustive search, we decided to bring this to the committee,” he said. “It’s just that portion of pavement that extends into public space.”